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If you tend to hibernate over the winter months, this time of year can feel like a transition. Days begin to warm, sunshine becomes more plentiful and you may even venture out of your burrow on occasion, into the great outdoors. Essential oils can offer support through the physical and emotional shift your body makes from winter to spring.
If a thorough spring cleaning is part of your annual ritual, make it a healthy one. Banish the dust, detritus and litter of the winter without using chemical cleaners in your home or around your kids and pets. Use a damp cloth with a few drops of full-strength certified organic Lemon essential oil to clean surfaces. The sweet ambiance and natural strength of this powerful essential oil will purify your home without leaving a chemical residue or toxic fumes. Try placing a few drops of Lemon into your vacuum so the air movement can diffuse the cleansing scent as you move through your home. Wash pillowcases, sheets, and blankets in very hot water combined with a few drops of Lemon and Tea Tree oil added directly to your machine’s wash cycle. Spritz a dilution with a few drops of full-strength oil and water directly onto non-washable items.
For other indoor jobs, use environmentally friendly cleaning products with purely natural ingredients. Add 20 drops of Lemon essential oil and a tablespoon of white vinegar to 1 cup of water or witch hazel. The mixture can be used to spray on bathroom fittings and other areas prone to mold, and on to mattresses and other textiles to kill dust mites.
Spring allergies generally peak when trees, grasses, and weeds release tiny pollen particles into the air and outdoor molds release spores. Depending on where you live and what you are sensitive to, allergic reactions can be intense. The calming, clean-scented power of Lavender is a cleansing and calming support for people who suffer from springtime allergies. In addition to maintaining healthy breathing and strong airways, Lavender’s calming scent promotes relaxation and can aid in alleviating headaches. Diffuse a few drops for 15 minutes every 2 hours, or diffuse a diluted amount next to your bed for feelings of relief.
If you need extra energy to emerge from the winter doldrums, combine three drops of Lemon, two Peppermint oil and one Lavender essential oil in an essential oils diffuser and mist for feelings of emotional uplift, energy and resolve. This simple combination will have you embracing your next sun-filled day with a positive outlook and refreshed motivation.
Now you can bring the freshness of springtime sunshine into your own home with the bright citrus scent of Orange essential oil. Use it to create a cheerful, energetic atmosphere with a sweet and uplifting aromatherapy scent. Or you can apply this hard-working oil to clean grimy surfaces and freshen stale air—all without exposing your family to harmful manufactured chemical products.
The familiar, bright scent of sweet Orange essential oil can brighten any room. It has a fresh, fruity, citrusy aroma and is obtained by cold pressing—a process that involves prodding and pricking the rind of the fruit. The essential oil is collected and separated from the fruit juice by centrifugal force. Oil collected this way has a higher quality aroma than that of the distilled variety. Many citrus oils produced by cold expression have adverse effects of phototoxicity, but Sweet Orange (Citrus sinensis) is not, making it appropriate for use on the skin when properly diluted with a carrier oil.
The bright smell of Orange essential oil is the perfect complement to a fresh spring day. Combine it with complementary oils for an augmented aromatherapy experience. Try blending a combination of Orange, Lemongrass and Peppermint oil for a powerful lift to the mood and to augment your personal energy. Or, mix Orange with the warmth of Frankincense or the sweet mint-and-honey scent of Eucalyptus essential oil and breathe deeply when you are feeling down —physically or mentally—for natural comfort and strength.
Add a few drops of Orange essential oil to a diffuser to freshen a space and eliminate foul odors. With a focus on spring cleaning, it’s important to be proactive about funky smells that sometimes accompany family life. If the smell of sour dish rags or old sneakers is cramping your style add a few drops of Orange to a diffuser and mist to rid a room of the lingering effects of an unpleasant smell. Keep your work space fresh and inviting by spritzing a dilution of Orange essential oil across problem areas. Sprinkle a few drops of Orange across the carpet for a personal aromatherapy experience that will center your focus and give feelings of sunny citrus relief.
Orange is a powerful addition to your green-cleaning toolkit. Use it to remove sticky residue in the kitchen—apply a few drops to the soiled surface and rub for absorption. Then simply use a sponge or paper towel to wipe the residue away. Try Orange essential oil to deodorize your refrigerator. Mix six drops of Orange essential oil with a cup of baking soda in a jar and shake to mix. Cover with a small square of fabric and jar ring, leaving off the metal lid. You can also use Orange to clean wood and leather—mix one part olive oil to one part white vinegar and add 15 drops of Orange essential oil to spritz on wood or leather for a natural shine.